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In Darwin’s steps

Cornell Adult University offers an educational voyage to Patagonia, Argentina, to retrace the footsteps of Charles Darwin, March 15-26. Participants will visit destinations critical to the development of his revolutionary ideas with Warren Allmon, director of the Paleontological Research Institution. The itinerary includes visits to the Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio, the habitats of Peninsula Valdés and […]

Gone birdies gone

The School of Visual Arts in New York City will host a preview screening of “The Lost Bird Project,” documenting Cornell associate professor of art Todd McGrain’s series of sculptural works preserving the memory of five extinct North American bird species, including the passenger pigeon and great auk. McGrain has installed his six-foot-tall bronze sculptures […]

Communism 2.0

A Cornell professor’s take on communism will soon be published by Communists. In fact, interest in Bruno Bosteels‘ 2011 book, “The Actuality of Communism,” is galloping across Asia and Europe. “The idea of communism is rising from its grave once again — but what does it effectively amount to? Bosteels confronts this issue with no illusions, in […]

Happiness v. $$$

Daniel Benjamin, assistant professor of economics, questions the role happiness plays in the decision-making process on public radio’s Academic Minute. Philosophers have long speculated that “happiness” is every person’s ultimate goal. It’s an obvious idea, but research suggests that when people make important choices, they actually trade off between happiness and other goals. In a recent study, […]

White House reads Red

CNN reports that President Obama and his daughters, visiting a D.C. bookstore Nov. 26 to support Small Business Saturday, purchased an armload of books. Among the First Family’s selections: the novels “The Tiger’s Wife” by Téa Obreht, MFA ’09, and “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Díaz, MFA ’95, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for […]

Views of the world

Olin Library’s map collection recently received generous donations from two Cornell professors. Michael Tomlan, director of the Historic Preservation Planning Program in the Department of City and Regional Planning, allowed the library to add to its collection digital images of 10 valuable historical maps owned by his company, Historic Urban Plans. They include: • a 17th-century Dutch […]

Magic realms

Henry Herz ’82 and his sons, Josh and Harrison, have written an illustrated fantasy tale, Nimpentoad. The boys, who are elementary school students, discuss the project on YouTube. An excerpt: A long time ago, all kinds of fantastic creatures lived in the ancient, shadowy, and mysterious Grunwald Forest. These creatures came in various shapes, sizes, […]

Working it

Where can you read about workaholism, the NBA, Occupy Wall Street, “immployment” law and Cornell’s “sexiest” school? The ILR School’s Facebook page! Follow for national and international work trends and news of ILR students, faculty, staff and alums advancing the world of work. Updated six days a week.

On the border

Architecture students in the Parallel Utopias studio, an upper-level design course directed by Yehre Suh, will present their work at the DMZ Forum 2011 Annual Conference, Nov. 21 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The DMZ Forum is an international nongovernmental organization whose mission is to support conservation of the unique […]

Make love to the lens, Spot

The vet school holds its first pet holiday photo shoot Sunday, Nov. 20, noon to 3 p.m., in James Law Lobby, Schurman Hall. Sitting fees: $5 per scene, per pet. Backdrops: Christmas (including Santa Claus), Winter Wonderland and Hannukah. Bring your own pet props; a few will be available. Personalized greeting cards also available for […]

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